Lydia Ma is the Continuing Education Director at the UBC School of Population and Public Health. She is also the Manager of the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH). Lydia holds a doctorate degree in Pathology and a master of science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from UBC. She joined UBC in 1998 with a mandate to create, develop and implement a continuing professional education program for occupational, environmental, and public health professionals. Through the program partnerships have been formed with numerous professional associations, other universities and organizations to offer continuing education courses for occupational and environmental health and safety professionals locally, nationally and internationally.
At the NCCEH which is one of six centres in Canada that was created to foster linkages within the public health community, Lydia works with a team of knowledge translation scientists, information specialists and research analysts to synthesize, translate and exchange knowledge on health risks associated with the environment, to identify gaps in research and practice knowledge and to build capacity through networks of environmental health practitioners, policy-makers and researchers.
Lydia serves as a Director on the Board of the BC Environmental and Occupational Health Research Network (BCEORHN).